Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Michael's proposed Brown Line

Judging from the comments on the previous entry on the Transit Wish List, I am going to have to make some adjustments, and add some things.

Will commented that the eastern quadrants needed more north-south subway service.

This brought to mind Michael's "Brown Line" proposal. (Michael is the proprietor of the fabulous Dupont Circle Update e-newsletter and is the great flickr photographer, Eye Captain.)

I didn't get it at first. But he makes a compelling argument:

The point of the brown line was to take advantage of the new Wilson bridge ... without going all the way around the beltway, and adding more service to DC rather than MD and VA!

In Anacostia it would spur development around Bolling AFB, and around Capitol Hill it would provide a crucial alternate north-south route to relieve congestion in the center of the Metrorail system.

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